Paul Molitor has won the American League Manager of the Year award after his Minnesota Twins became the first team to make the playoffs following a 100-loss season.
Molitor, who was elected to the Hall of Fame as a player in 2004, is the second Hall of Famer to be named Manager of the Year.
By way of reminder, votes are cast before the postseason even begins, so not only is this a regular season award, but it's impossible for anyone to weigh the postseason. In his first year as a manager, he helped lead the Diamondbacks to a 93-69 record, good enough to earn home field advantage in the Wild Card game, where they defeated the Rockies to advance into the NLDS.
The Diamondbacks improved by 24 games over 2016 in Lovullo's first season. They beat Colorado in the NL wild-card game before getting swept by the Dodgers in the Division Series. That made for Arizona's first trip to the postseason since 2011.
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Lovullo is the third manager in Diamondbacks history to win Manager of the Year, joining Kirk Gibson in 2011 and Bob Melvin in 2007, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Here's the breakdown (note two CBS Sports voters).
This marks the third Manager of the Year honor for both the Twins and D-backs franchises. Updates with Molitor winning AL Manager of the Year.
Molitor's victory was closer than that of the National League, as he received 18 first-place votes in comparison to the 11 that Cleveland Indianas skipper Terry Francona received.
Molitor joined Frank Robinson as the only Hall of Fame players to win a manager of the year award, which was first presented in 1983. New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi finished in fourth place in his final season with the ballclub.